This story spans the life of a child widow Ambulu over six decades from the 1920s to the 80s. Ambulu loses her husband when she is hardly nine and all her happiness and hopes are snatched away even before she is capable of understanding life.
Her mother too passes away when Ambulu is just in her teens leaving behind two sisters and an infant brother. She shoulders the responsibility of the entire family, gets her sisters married and brings up her brother as her own son. Once he gets married, she takes care of his family and children but as age catches up and she becomes increasingly frail and sick, the attitude of everyone changes.
Does she become a burden after living her entire life serving others? Is there anyone who is ready to take care of her? Will she end up in a senior citizen’s home?
Will she ever get deliverance from her sufferings?
Read this engrossing story that paints a vivid picture of those times and takes us through Ambulu’s experiences as a child widow.
Sivasankari (born October 14, 1942) is a renowned Tamil writer and activist. She has carved a niche for herself in the Tamil literary world during the last four decades with her works that reflect an awareness on social issues, a special sensitivity to social problems, and a commitment to set people thinking. She has many novels, novellas, short stories, travelogues, articles and biographies to her credit. Her works have been translated into several Indian languages, English, Japanese and Ukrainian. Eight of her novels have been made into films, having directed by renowned directors like K. Balachander, SP Muthuraman and Mahendran. Her novel 'Kutti' on girl child labour, filmed by the director Janaki Viswanathan, won the President's Award. Sivasankari's novels have also been made as teleserials, and have won the national as well as regional 'Best Mega Serial' awards. As a multi-faceted personality, she has won many prestigious awards including Kasturi Srinivasan Award, Raja Sir Annamalai Chettiyar Award, Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award, 'Woman of the year 1999-2000' by the International Women's Association, and so on. 'Knit India Through Literature' is her mega-project involving intense sourcing, research and translations of literature from 18 Indian languages, with a mission to introduce Indians to other Indians through culture and literature.Rent Now